Outdoor Environments And Risks Of Children 's Outdoor Play

1137 WordsApr 28, 20165 Pages
Outdoor environments and risks In this techno-world, technology has taken over all the aspects of children’s outdoor play. Some of the constraints that affect outdoor play are risks, parents concerns about outdoor play and not enough play space available for children. Risk is equal to a combination of events/consequences and associated uncertainties (Aven, 2007). Risk in play refers to any possibility of physical injury during play. Early childhood settings usually use the term “risky play” which can be defined as a thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury and play that provides the opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk (Sandseter (2007, Little & Wyver, 2008). There are some activities that can be considered as risky such as balancing, climbing, jumping from heights, sliding and hanging upside down (Tovey, 2010, pg.79). Many discussions have taken place in the last few years about children’s safety in play environment and as a result all the opportunities for outdoor risky play have declined. It is assumed that by removing risks, children will be able to play in a safer environment but according to Sandseter(2010a, pg.8) “ this safety-obsessed society will result in children whom are less physically fit, have little control over motor skills, and are less able to manage risks”. Social and environmental factors also affect the opportunities for children’s outdoor play. Parents are too
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